Music Publishing, Rights Ownership & Usage Today – 10th Feb

31 January 2014

We are pleased to announce additional confirmed guest speakers for the first module as part of the MPA/MMF Music Publishing Programme (Music Publishing, Rights Ownership & Usage Today: Update & Issues) which takes place from 6.30-9.30pm on Monday 10th February.

This module will now be held next door to our usual venue (PRS for Music) at: British Music House, Ground Floor, 26 Berners St, London, W1T 3LR.

Confirmed Guest Speakers include:

Jackie Alway (VP, International Legal & Industry Affairs, Universal Music Publishing)
John Minch (CEO, Imagem UK)
Jane Dyball (CEO, MCPS -IMPEL-PMLL )
Sarah Osborn (Chief Executive , MPA )
Sally Groves (Creative Director, Schott Music Ltd)
Kevin O’Byrne (Head of Operations, Kobalt)

Details of the full programme are below.

If you would like to attend please contact or complete and return this booking form.


Presented by the MPA, MMF & MMF TRAINING



Music Publishers Association, Music Managers Forum & MMF Training are pleased to announce dates for their joint Music Publishing Professional Development Programme for 2014.

The content of the 2014 Programme has been revised and updated to ensure that all attendees become better equipped to take advantage of the new business opportunities that are central to the development of our industry.  Individuals from all sectors of the music industry who are involved or interested in any aspect of music publishing will benefit from the Programme’s varied and comprehensive content.  The objective is straightforward: to provide practical information placed in the context of today’s music & media industries.

Delivery of the Programme is designed to suit the busy lifestyles of those taking part. The course consists of six short, intensive modules. Each module is of three hours duration, commencing at 6.30pm and ending at 9.30pm.  Reference materials are supplied for every module to provide additional guided learning opportunities throughout the Programme.

All modules are “stand alone”, enabling delegates to select specific modules or attend all six as appropriate. Collectively the whole modular Programme provides a wide-ranging analysis of all the key issues, challenges and practical opportunities facing those involved or interested in today’s music publishing industry.  For further information about each module, see below.

Law Society members who attend this Programme may claim 3 hours accredited CPD time per module. The modules are also accredited by ILEX and fellows who attend may claim the time spent against their CPD requirement as stipulated in the ILEX fellowship agreement. Members of the ICAEW, AIA, ACCA and AAT may claim the hours spent on any or all modules against their CPD requirements as stipulated in their membership details.

PRICES (per module 6.30-9.30pm, including refreshments)

MPA, MMF members & PRS for Music staff:                                  £33.33 + £6.67 VAT = £40.00 per module

AIM, APRS, BASCA, BPI, IAMA, MPG members:               £50.00 + £10.00 VAT: £60.00 per module

Non-members:                                                                       £66.67 + £30.33 VAT = £80.00 per module


VENUE: (Module 1) British Music House, Ground Floor, 26 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LR.

(Modules 2-6) PRS for Music Boardroom, 6th Floor, Copyright House, 29-33 Berners Street, London, W1T 3AB


Places are limited due to venue capacity.  We strongly advise booking your place early: please simply email Angela Renshaw at to reserve your place


Module 1: Monday 10th February 2014

Music Publishing, Rights Ownership & Usage Today: Update & Issues

  • Music publishing in 2014: new and existing income streams; the changing role of the music publisher; key issues and implications for UK music publishers
  • Classical & pop; independent & major publisher comparisons and differentials: business challenges & opportunities; resources & practice; roles, functions & relationships
  • Music publishing in context: the music & media industries; business models & eco-systems; interdependency between professions & business partners
  • Music publishing value chains & income streams: practical analysis from creation to consumption and back again
  • Rights ownership, duration, infringements & exceptions
  • Practical realities of direct & collective rights licensing in the digital environment: from sample clearances to multi-media, multiple rights & pan-territorial licensing

Module 2: Monday 10th March 2014

Creator / Publisher Relationships, Agreements & Contracts

  • Investment & return; budgeting & cash flow; rights acquisition & signings; advances & recordings
  • Classical, popular & production music publishing agreements: differentials & comparisons
  • Exclusive songwriter, option and administration agreements; single piece/song assignments; development deals and catalogue agreements
  • Processes, procedures, services & relationships: from first negotiation to termination / development to international success
  • Roles & rewards: rights ownership & income participation in 2014: creators, publishers, featured artists, A/V production companies & studio producers
  • Key terms & conditions: implications and negotiation positions in 2014

Module 3: Monday 7th April 2014

Sub-Publishing, Co-Publishing, Publisher/Publisher Relationships, Contracts and International Royalty Tracking

  • Sub-publisher roles, licensing & practical relationship management
  • Direct membership of overseas collecting societies: practicalities & implications
  • Print, classical, media and popular music sub-publishing: differentials & comparisons
  • Sub-publishing and co-publishing agreements
  • Process & procedure: from negotiation to termination
  • Key terms & conditions: implications and negotiation positions in 2014
  • Royalty tracking & auditing: physical & digital revenue streams
  • Cash flow: attributable income, deductions, royalty collection, taxation & distribution

Module 4: Monday 12th May 2014

Music Publishing in Audio-Visual Media: Rights Holders, Owners and Music Users

  • Overview of music publishing and audio-visual media in the UK: film, television, corporate productions & programming, advertising, games & the web
  • User generated content
  • Synch licensing and brand partnerships
  • Music supervision & licensing agents: roles & relationships
  • Options for producers & music supervisors: commissioned, commercial, library / production and public domain music; benefits and opportunities
  • Blanket licensing & agreements
  • Assignment of rights & income participation in music publishing revenue streams: options, issues, practice and precedent
  • Process and procedure: commissions; production music & synch licensing; negotiation, decision-making and documentation
  • Roles, responsibilities and time scales
  • Key terms & conditions in media licensing agreements

Module 5: Monday 9th June 2014

Music Publishing & the Record Business / Grand Rights & Live Performance

  • Creator / Artist and Record Company / Music Publisher relationships & dynamics
  • A&R, Marketing, Royalty Accounting, Business Affairs, Media Licensing and International: roles, challenges, interdependency and activities
  • Song plugging & cover recordings
  • Structuring Agreements: career & cash flow implications for creator / performers
  • Audio product licensing & mechanical royalties: rates, negotiations, global issues & differentials
  • Licensing live classical & popular music; worldwide rates & differentials; issues & opportunities
  • Grand rights licensing & producer relationships
  • Professional responsibilities, roles & functions; process & procedure

Module 6: Monday 30th June 2014

International Collecting Societies & Understanding Global Royalty Streams

  • Working with Collecting Societies in all key UK repertoire territories
  • International relations: politics, co-operation & joint initiatives
  • Issues, challenges & opportunities
  • European, Asian & American policies & frameworks
  • Roles & relationships; rights ownership & licensing; revenue streams, deductions & distribution policies: comparisons and differentials
  • The past, present & future of collective rights management
  • Operations & documentation; process & procedure

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